A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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What do tweezers do? [closed]

The other day, I had an acne blemish that I couldn't reach. Naturally, my wife was all too happy to take care of it for me. It turned out there was an ingrown hair inside. She said "I can't get it out ...
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Another term for “zero-sum game” [closed]

Rock-paper-scissors is a zero-sum game, however I remember a different phrase that means essentially the same thing - when each member of a group of objects has exactly balanced strengths and ...
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Synonym for good/productive/star employee

Take the following paragraph, which would be a description of a websites services. We want to promote and enable greater talent and potential by connecting employers with employees. Whether ...
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final though-tag: That tongue at the end tho; That victory dance though

For the last few years the internet has abounded with expressions ending in a kinda of "though-tag" in final position, especially in comments to GIFs and the like, such as the following: That ...
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Idiom, phrase, or word for “no clear division”

Example: "There is no clear division between a liquid and a solid. The soggy soil we are standing on is a case in point. So is the yogurt you're having." What's an idiom, phrase, or word for "no ...
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If “verbalize” puts thoughts into spoken word, what about putting thoughts into written word? [closed]

If "verbalize" puts thoughts into spoken word, what about putting thoughts into written word? I considered document, record, but neither capture the visualization of "writing" the way verbalize ...
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“Slay” and “Entertain”

I have recently been shown that "Slay" can also mean "Entertain", however this seems rather odd to me. "You slay me, you really do." I have two main questions: In what reasonable context would ...
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Could the word “stringent” ever be used to describe a person? [closed]

Last night a person in our group was describing another fellow as stringent. I told him I had never heard a person described with this word and instead stern or exacting might be better. I Also said ...
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What is the meaning of “watered down” in this context? [closed]

What is the meaning or an appropriate synonym for "watered down" in this context? Here is the typical usage of Twitter by a brand that doesn't understand the medium: • Posts once a day ...
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“Indicative”, “Suggestive”, and other alternatives

I am documenting a software design for a scheduling system. The system allows users to allocate tasks to people. The UI displays a list of people, alongside their pattern of working hours. Tasks can ...
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Usage of “very” [duplicate]

I know the word "very" means "much, many, a lot of" etc. However, sometimes I see it is used in a different way which I struggle to understand. For example, As municipal water experts very well ...
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“Before” is to “ere”, as “after” is to …? [closed]

Are there any literary, poetic, or archaic form of "after" or "beyond"? I am especially interested in monosyllabic forms. Both "aft" and "yon" won't work, because they have quite different meanings. ...
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A word or expression similar to “handmade” [closed]

I would like to open my own store with leather sandals, and accessories such as necklaces, rings, bracelets, scarves, etc. I would like to know if there is any other suitable word than "handmade". I ...
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What's a way to refer to haunting without a negative connotation?

Is there a single word that refers to the idea that a spirit may persist after death and follow a person around without any negative connotations? Some possible answers and why I think they may be ...
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Word for “data” and “model”

My impression is that data does not encompass the scientific models which are fitted from them, or which they are compared against. Is there a word for the superset of data/datasets/measurements and ...
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Difference between can't and couldn't

I am doing exercises for English and I am asked to match 1 and 2 with A and B, but the sentences look very much alike to me. 1: "I don't believe the plan succeeded" 2: "It wasn't really possible ...
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One word for new item or second hand item [closed]

I am creating a select box where one has to say whether the product is new or old. I wanted one word for my label. Any suggestions will highly be appreciated
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I'm trying to remember a word that means 'to add' to something and maybe also means 'to alter' something by adding to it

I think at least part of the meaning is 'to add' and maybe another part of the meaning is 'to alter'. I'm sure is spelt using the letter 'x'. I remember reading the word a while ago. I'm quite sure ...
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more professional alternative to offensive phrase [closed]

I'm trying to write a professional letter to someone with whom I am extremely upset. While I feel that sometimes words that are considered offensive are the best words to express certain feelings, ...
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“roll the tape”

I need to translate this sentence : "I am going to roll the tape of what she is talking." However, I don't get what does it indicate? what is the meaning of "roll the tape"? Does it mean to ignore ...
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Looking for a word to describe this

Hello English StackExchange community, As I'm attempting to type this out very carefully, I wanted to know of another way to describe the following: Large networks that are linked together ...
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Suggest an alternative to “re-enable”?

First time I've asked on this Stack; I hope this is on-topic. I'm laying out a control panel. One of its functions involves an alarm, but under certain circumstances the alarm might be triggered ...
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Looking for a word meaning grooming or preening

I am trying to come up with a name for my red eyed tree frog. She cannot stand to have a speck of bedding on her and is constantly grooming herself. I cannot think of an accurate word to describe her ...
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What are other ways to refer to water suppliers?

I am not native english speaker and I'm currently writing my PhD thesis on economics. The research question is whether water suppliers are minimizing their costs. However, my problem is that I seem to ...
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What's the difference between mar and spoil? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference between mar and spoil. It does not seem to have any difference, but I would like to know which one is more used, which is more formal and informal, and ...
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Another word for a game mode: Endless

I am currently developing an Android game that will have two mods: Timed and Endless. In Timed mode you have 1 minute to complete as much items as you can. In Endless mode, you have 5 seconds to ...
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Is there a more succinct way to say “decided instead to…”?

I'm looking for better ways to say "decided instead to..." I've only thought so far of synonyms for each word, "elected instead to...," "decided rather..." etc.; however, I'm looking for something a ...
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Adjective for someone unable to cope with the past

I'm looking for a word that could describe a character's personality in the sense that he is someone who (re)lives the past too much and is uncapable of overcoming it and moving on with his life. Any ...
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Non-malevolent synonym of envy

What's a word meaning "I want something very similar to what you have, but I don't feel resentment for your possession of it, nor do I wish for you to lose it"? Greed doesn't seem targeted ...
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Word for exploiting one's title/designation

What's the word for when someone uses the power of their title or designation to get some work done or extract some information? I know there's a very specific word for this, and it's not exploit or ...
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Use of “skill” and “competence/competency” in specific scenario

To me, skills are something related to mechanical performance. Someone is very skilled at playing football, for instance. Competence/competency on the other hand is more related to knowledge. ...
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What's the word for a flashback or a rush of memories triggered by something?

I'm thinking in the context of school, like flipping through your old notebooks and just having all the knowledge flood back to you. It's sort of like nostalgia, but more in the camp of knowledge ...
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What is another word for lightning striking?

In the short story I'm writing, I need a synonym for striking in the sentence "A bolt of lightning ______ across the bleak and cloudy sky." I wrote shoots at first, but now I'm revising and I don't ...
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What is the synonym of the word focus here? [closed]

I wonder if there are any synonyms of the word focus here? As far as I get the phrase "bring into focus" means "draw attention to", but other sentences are not very clear to me. I guess the closest ...
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Synonym of “Barber Shop Pole”! [closed]

Is there any one word synonym of Barbershop Pole? (Any local word perhaps that starts with 'B'?) Any one word synonym will be fine BTW.
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What is the synonym of the word stray? [closed]

Is there any synonym to the word "stray"? I need that to better understand the phrase "Stray observations". Word for word translation doesn't say much to me
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Word to describe people engaged in “credit card fraud”

I find the word "fraudster" a little bit silly-sounding when used in a serious context. Do there exist any synonyms that are more usable in professional discussions of fraud? I'm mostly interested ...
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English (UK) - does “an enraged expression” make sense?

I am writing a book and one of my characters is angry but I feel like angry doesn't fit in and that enraged makes more sense and also makes the language of the book better but I'm not sure if it makes ...
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Creative synonym for follower/following [duplicate]

I am building a platform that will have a similar structure to Twitter and I am tirelessly looking for something that could replace the terms for connections between users. On Twitter the terms ...
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Synonym of 'kangaroo court'

From legal-dictionary.com, kangaroo court is defined as such: [Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial ...
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What is a layman's term for "uniform distribution [closed]

I'm creating an implementation of a Lindenmayer system (L-system) in the Clojure programming language and I'm trying to figure out a name for a utility function which takes a number of arguments and ...
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Succinct phrase for “work well under pressure”?

So I was working on my resume, but it literally took me two hours to come up with a succinct phrase for "work well under pressure". So far I could think of phrases like " pressure performer " or ...
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What words can express the act of sharing in a collective sense, as opposed to a distributive sense

I would like words or very concise statements that express the act of working together and sharing items/resources to a common location for the benefit of a group of people that the items are being ...
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What are common words called, such as “the”, “and”, “to” etc? [closed]

I remember there was a fancier term for these common words, that search engines ignore.
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Kidspeak for animals [closed]

What kinds of animals have a kid-name in English? Not the young of the animal itself, but a childish way of referencing them (for example adults say cat, children say kitty). I got thinking about them ...
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Synonymous idiom for “more x than you can shake a stick at”

It's very difficult to search the web for synonymous idioms, at least for me. I found Origin of "More X than you can shake a stick at", but I'm really trying to find a similar phrase to it. ...
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Someone who is adept/multi-talented in related activities

Is there a word for someone who is skilled at several talents in the arts, e.g. painting, sculpting, playing musical instruments and reading poetry. I am looking for a word that is analogous to ...
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Synonym for observee

I'm looking for a synonym for observee, i.e. something that is observed. The word observee doesn't seem be used much, so I would like to have a more common word if it exists. I need to use it in a ...
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Contact Details Vs. Contacts

"Contact" could be used as a noun. It could be used as plural as in- The more contacts the cloth has with the dirty surface, the more sploiled it gets. "Contact details" is different. "Contact ...
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What does the word “afford” mean here?

What does the word "afford" mean in this passage from an online article? I'd appreciate some synonym as well. Email Limits What You Can Do You do things with people. How you talk is what you ...